Ohio blogger Jeff Coryell has posted images of a flier he received in the mail from Barack Obama slamming Hillary Clinton over NAFTA, a direct appeal to Democratic voters who blame globalization for the state's economic woes. But is the mailer a fair shot or a cheap shot?
The flier says, "Hillary Clinton believed NAFTA was 'a boon' to our economy." But as The Politico's Ben Smith and others have noted, Clinton never used the word "boon" to describe the trade deal. The word comes from a paraphrase of her position in a 2006 Newsday piece laying out policy differences between Clinton and her 2006 Senate challenger, Jonathan Tasini.
Here's all the Newsday piece says:
JONATHAN TASINI: Tasini favors scrapping the Bill Clinton-backed North American Free Trade Agreement, saying it drives down domestic wages.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: Clinton thinks NAFTA has been a boon to the economy, but voted against the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, saying it would drive jobs offshore.
So while Clinton may well have expressed support for NAFTA, the word "boon" is not hers, at least not in this context. The Obama campaign is clearly trying to suggest otherwise to Ohio voters. See the Obama campaign's take on the issue here, and the Clinton campaign's take here.